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Any of a group of colors between red and yellow in hue that are medium to low in lightness and low to moderate in saturation.
adj. brown·er, brown·est
1. Of the color brown.
a. Having a brownish or dark skin color.
b. Often Offensive Of or being a person of nonwhite origin.
3. Deeply suntanned.
tr. & intr.v. browned, brown·ing, browns
1. To make or become brown.
2. To cook until brown.
Phrasal Verb:
brown off Chiefly British Slang
To make angry or irritated.

[Middle English, from Old English brūn; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

brown′ish adj.
brown′ness n.
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Noun1.brownness - an orange of low brightness and saturation
Vandyke brown - a moderate brown color
chestnut - the brown color of chestnuts
deep brown, umber, burnt umber, chocolate, coffee - a medium brown to dark-brown color
hazel - a shade of brown that is yellowish or reddish; it is a greenish shade of brown when used to describe the color of someone's eyes
light brown - a brown that is light but unsaturated
mocha - a dark brown color
burnt sienna, reddish brown, sepia, Venetian red, mahogany - a shade of brown with a tinge of red
caramel brown, raw sienna, yellowish brown, caramel, buff - a medium to dark tan color
puce - a color varying from dark purplish brown to dark red
olive brown - a shade of brown tinged with green
taupe - a greyish brown
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References in classic literature ?
The fore-feet of the YAHOO differed from my hands in nothing else but the length of the nails, the coarseness and brownness of the palms, and the hairiness on the backs.
The wide acreage of blank agricultural brownness, apparent where the swedes had been pulled, was beginning to be striped in wales of darker brown, gradually broadening to ribands.
The uniform brownness of the harrowed field glowed with a rosy tinge, as though the powdered clods had sweated out in minute pearls of blood the toil of uncounted ploughmen.
and who recognizes their own brownness that this type of work can feel erasing.
Chapter four, the conclusion to the book's main body, draws together the preceding chapters' reframing of literary peripheries and the exclusionary logics that underwrite taste and sympathy to posit John Keats as a "Brown Romantic." Reiterating his conceptualization of "brownness" as a state of culture liminality that turns on, without directly reproducing, the racialized logics of Western modernity, Chander interprets Keats's negotiation of his relation to the Cockney school through a postcolonial framework that troubles canonical Romanticism's exaltation of literary originality.
(30) This initiative can be understood within the context of internalized racism and Mestizas' aspiration to whiteness, (31) which drives Mestizas to distance themselves from brownness and blackness, denying central aspects of their identity, and reproducing racist dynamics that are damaging not only for Indigenous and Afro-descendants, but for Mestizas themselves.
More to the point, the implicit association of blackness or brownness with criminal acts violates the ban on character evidence to show propensity.
But here, we're not asked to answer what the ASEAN identity is (or even if there is one), but only to experience the stains on rice paper, the brownness of skins, and the whiteness of salt.
It could be reported that fermented natural extracts contribute to the typical brownness color (fermented spinach extract, b*-value = 7.07; fermented lettuce extract, b*-value = 20.31; fermented celery extract, b*-value = 19.66; fermented red beet extract, b*-value = 13.52), resulting in a discoloration of the raw and cooked pork meat.
One might claim that identity is in the blood, that no matter their attire or their accents, Filipinos are betrayed by the brownness of their skin, and that no matter their citizenship we can always claim them for our own.
increasingly link criminality and illegality with Blackness and Brownness. Such racialized logic is not constrained to immigrants but extends to U.S.
Dirt--as a signifier of brownness and as a generative medium--was a recurring motif in the exhibition, beginning with a thick earthen layer carpeting nearly the entire floor of the gallery's front room.